Gafcon Statement regarding Political Donations
Any allegation that the Great Park Design Studio or Gafcon used public funds for a political donation are completely false. In 2008, the Design Studio made a donation to the Democratic Party of Orange County from its own company funds to sponsor a table at the annual Harry S. Truman Awards, an event that honored the leading female mayors of Orange County. This payment was clearly listed in the Design Studio¹s check register provided to the Special Counsel and the City¹s forensic auditors, but it is irresponsible to suggest that an item contained in a check register indicates that the donation was charged to the City for payment or reimbursement.
Notably, Design Studio invoices were reviewed by Program Manager Bovis Lend Lease and the Orange County Great Park Corporation staff before being approved by the City staff. Furthermore, the City¹s independent contract compliance auditors, Diehl White and Company, also audited and approved all of the Great Park Design Studio¹s itemized invoices. Although the Design Studio made donations to support local charitable, educational, political and civic organizations from time to time, no donations or contributions of any sort were charged to the City by the Great Park Design Studio.